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The Bruery Wineification

The Bruery Wineification
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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Fruit Beer
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 471   ABV: 15.7%
A collaboration with Fess Parker and Saarloos & Sons

The "wineification" of beer has been a constant topic of discussion these days, so why not just take a step further and blend the two? We took our Black Tuesday Imperial Stout and fermented it along with late harvest Syrah grapes from the vineyards of Los Olivos, from our good friends at both Fess Parker and Saarloos & Sons. We then aged this wine/beer hybrid in French Oak barrels, waiting for the perfect time to bottle it up. The flavor profile is remarkable. Notes of black cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, aged balsamic, port wine and a sherry-like oxidation from the barrels. This beer is like nothing that you have ever tried before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6136) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2015
De Grote Black Tuesday Tasting: 13 Versions. For all versions: 750 ml. bottles sampled. 2011 Black Tasting (4.1/5) vs. 2013 Black Tuesday (4.3/5). Neither were gushers unlike the 2012 I tried once before. Both pour very dark brown with some black, virtually no head in both cases. Some lone bubbles with the 2011, nothing at all with the 2013. Alcohol is huge in both cases, a touch lower in the 2011, some light oxidation & varnish notes in the 2011, thick bourbon, mocha,… Alcohol is even bigger in the nose with the 2013, harsh & brutal. Raw white spirit almost. More mocha, sweeter chocolates & very thick mocha in the nose in the 2013. 2011 carries some light oxidation in the taste, less raw, big burning alcohol in the finish but overall a bit muted, some weird notes here, leaves, varnish, touch oxidation, making this one the lesser one of the two. You also get hugely thick molasses, harsh bourbon,… Body is low carbonation & molasses, pure syrup. Booze is huge, in the 2013, vodka, raw spirit, burns, the taste is niches, thick syrup, more cacao, chocolate, sweet cacao nibs, not getting oxidation here, molasses, chocolate syrup. Same thick molasses. Overall a fun beer due to its extremity but it is also bit of a caricature, too excessive. Overall I am not crazy about it but I do like but it far from all that impressive. Winefication I (4.2/5) + Winefication II (4.4/5) (obtained in a trade with AdamChandler. Thx!) side-by-side. Winefication I pours a very deep red Bordeaux, little bubbles. Nose is quite strange, the two components seem to clash a bit here, molasses, mocha, sweet, umami, big roasted oak, soy sauce with thick dry sweet red wine, odd. Taste is huge oak, massive roast, wine character dominates, this one is a bit hard to describe for me, raisins, huge dry strong boozy red wine with huge church incense taste, dry, red grape skins, touch plastic, fruit punch,… Thick & dry. Very much a strong basic red wine with some components that clash a bit, interesting to say the least. Winefication II is hugely different, also massively wine-like but just a different wine. This one is a better wine, less conflict here just a supper thick wine. Pours a very dark red Bordeaux, little bubbles. Nose is light mocha but largely hugely vinous, lots of oak, dry red grapes. Taste is huge oak, lots of roast (very much as was the case with the I), lots of roasted barrel, interesting mix of licorices, wine leaves, wine ranks, red grape, huge dry red frape spins, light plastic, vinous, warming (strangely tasted about as strong as I despite the huge ABV difference),.. Very thick, weird, unique & interesting. Melange #1 (4.5/5).Very dark brown, solid mocha head. Nose is huge red wine, balsamic vinegar, very tart, puckering red fruit,… Not getting any Black Tuesday here. Taste is puckering sour red grapes, wine, faint glue, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate, sour cherries,… Very thick body & puckering. Lovely. Not getting any Black Tuesday here oddly & like it more than Oude Tart. Quite simple but also very nice. This should be the 3rd batch made. Melange #3 (3.8/5): Very dark brown with a deep red hue and no head. Nose is weird, almost a bit like Black Tuesday (dominates heavily) with something sourish (White Sap I suppose), glue, bourbon, heavy alcohol, glue, oak, lots of bourbon. Taste is weird, faintly sour vanilla, thick bourbon, boozy Black Tuesday, molasses, thick basic licorice, syrup,… Thick, boozy. Strange mix. Doesn’t fully work for me. Least favorite of the 13. Chocolate Rain 2013 (4.7/5): Very dark brown to black, only some bubbles as is usual. Nose is huge thick sweet mocha, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon, thick candy, molasses, thick & sweet. Taste is huge vanilla, bourbon, warming, mocha, vanilla, cacao, sweet chocolate, molasses, thick, sweet. Awesome, this is the 3rd time I have this beer, still surprised by how well it really works. So much better than the base beer. Grey Monday (4.2/5): Black / brown, zero head as usual. Hugely alcoholic nose, syrup, mocha, molasses. Taste is hugely boozy, molasses, thick syrup, very straightforward & basic, mocha, exotic sugar. Very basic, body is alcohol & molasses. Second time I have this beer & I am still not getting the hazelnuts. This one is still a bit pointless for me. 2013 Mocha Wednesday (4.4/5): Black, dark brown with no head. Nose is weird charcoal, ashes, burned wood & hugely roasted espresso beans. Taste & smell carries so much more roast & coffee than I remember this one having. Taste is burned mocha, charred barrels, huge roasted espresso, molasses, charcoal, mocha, sugar & molasses sweetness in the back. Basic but nice, quite an interesting heavily roasted espresso tastes & charred barrels. Thick body as usual. Rum (4/5), Madeira (4.4/5) & Port BA (4.4/5) versions next to each other. First two look as expected, very dark brown, dash black with basically no head. Port one has very dark red hue. Rum is the least one, even less than the base beer. Kind of pointless since the rum is far too muted & doesn’t seem to add much, the base beer sort of drowns it out. Nose is sweet booze, mocha, very basic, pretty much Black Tuesday without bourbon, more sugar. Taste is boozy overly syrupy, barrel, big oak, very alcoholic, basic brown sugar, candy, mocha, roast, brown sugar. Okay but less than regular Black Tuesday & clearly lesser than Madeira or Port. Madeira: nose is hugely sweet mocha, sweet sugar, light complimentary barrel, sweet light red wine, faint red fruits. Taste is hugely sweet, spirit, coated in oak, old strong wine, huge brown sugar, vinous alcohol, sugar, oak, molasses. Thick chewy. Works rather well. Better than regular Black Tuesday & prob. my fav. of these 3 (Rum, Madeira & Port). Hard to choose between this one & port. Port: nose is huge red wine, massively so with strong alcohol, candy & lots of barrel. Taste is huge port, red wine, booze, light molasses, plenty of barrel, roast, oak, light chocolate, thick. Quite interesting & nice, also better than the regular one for me. Final one: Black Tuesday Reserve (4.6/5). Usual appearance. Nose is huge bourbon, warming, toffee, molasses, bourbon, boozy but oddly less so than the regular one, this is one is much rounder, chocolate, caramel, fruity even. Taste is vanilla, huge mocha, chocolate, overripe fruit, molasses, cereal, sugar, warming, syrupy, finish is heavily booze but the booze is in the back here as opposed to everywhere in the regular, barrel, oak, cacao, mocha. So much rounder, richer. Way better than expected, nice surprise, very big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2015
Small rim over black beer. Curry herbs, combined with liquorice, Bourbon, chocolate and old houses. Wine, but oxydized, as home-made fruitwine; chocolate, chocolatecakes with rice. Finish sports some incense. Warming up releases the real depth, but also the oxydation. Alcoholheat. It’s winey, but not a great wine, rather the stuff my father-in-law used to make in his basement...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8883) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle, thanks for sharing. Pours black with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dry red wine with dark red fruits and dark grains supporting. Flavor has lots of red wine barrel with dark grains, dark fruits and light roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Dark black pour with a slight head. Grape and malt nose. Astringent fruit tannins. Oak character and boozy malt. Not sure what’s goign on here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6108) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. Nose of blackberry, sour cream, some marker. Red fruit skin. Tart and boozy flavor. Unteresting. Peppery. Juicy dark fruits, wood. Unique wine character. Full body, oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8684) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bomber. Dark pour. Smaller head. Grapes definitely come through, and kind of dominate the Black Tuesday. Good, but not the best BT variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2015
750, capped. Thanks, j! Man, this one is so rad. Pours black black black with a moussy off-tan head. Enormous luscious nose, with currants, blackberries, oak, roast, and dark chocolate. Goopy thick body with soft carb. Currants, berries, dark chocolate, oak, and roasty malt notes on the mid palate. Long roasty chocolate berry finish. Amazin’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Sampled June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a one-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black color that is opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sherry, toasted / lightly-roasted nuts, smoky dark chocolate, touches of peat, umami laden dark plums, and, once you dig for it, a berry / red-wine like rich fruitiness towards the finish. As the beer warms up the oak character becomes much more prominent (spicy, woody, and toasted), as does some warming, spicy, alcohol.

Lightly carbonated, a bit sweet, with lots of umami like character from the dark malt and light oxidation, and then the beer finishes with a bit of alcohol warming. Flavors of prunes, a bit of Dr. Pepper like character, smoky dried fruit, lingering, though light, roasted malt, bitter dark malts, lot of rich sherry notes, lots of toasted hazelnuts, while up front the sweetness brings out notes of port, concentrated raisins, and fig syrup. Rich and satiating, but not nearly as heavy as a beer of this strength could be. The alcohol adds a spiciness to the finish that accentuates the roasted malt, but it manages to not be hot for the most part.

This is an interesting beer to have in small amounts; it is definitely a sipping beer, and for me is best enjoyed slowly in smaller amounts. The fruitiness from the wine, coupled with the umami leaning oxidation / aging, bring a much needed dimension to the base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, thanks to Kenny, 27/03/15. Light black with a decent tan covering that clears edgeward. Nose is spice, rich fruits, toffee, dark fruit rinds, light booze, herbal. Taste comprises red berry, spice, wine barrel notes, tangy berry, light sour effect. Full full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze in the close. Decent stuff, fruit beer? hmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head that’s gone faster than you can say “quick.” The aromatics are reminiscent of a hearty red wine – red and dark berries, alcohol and a slight cocoa element. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is roasty, semi-sweet, mildly tart and fruity - dark berries and purple grapes. Finishes tangy and only a tad boozy. Once again, Black Tuesday proves to be a versatile base beer. Very nice. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

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